Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Socks and Hat (Adriana)

Sorry for the lack of blogging recently. Believe me, there has been knitting goin' on; I was missing the services of my favourite photographer until today.

For my birthday I was gifted with some lovely Koigu from Samantha of the comments. It lingered in my stash until I could find the perfect pattern for it. After finishing Tubey earlier this month, I was inspired to knit Anastasia Socks with it. This was an easily memorized pattern which really shows off the gorgeous colours of the Koigu. I knit it toe-up, 64 stitches around on 2.5mm needles (my standard sock formula), and I finished with a twisted rib.

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I love taking sock pictures from this angle

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These socks makes me feel like doing a pirouette!

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Unfortunately we weren't able to capture it on camera, but trust me, I can do it :)

As you know, I picked up some Manos in Toronto to make a matching hat for my Clap.

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Hat and Clap! (Notice the stripes on my stomach? That means I wore my Tubey! Go me!)

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Blurry but colour-accurate picture

Unfortunately I'm not totally thrilled with this hat. Don't get me wrong, I'm lovin' the Manos. It's the inner lining of Cotton Fleece that I'm not happy with. It was purchased with the idea of knitting an inner lining but allowing a little to peek out to pick up on the pinks in my Clap. The Cotton Fleece was a total pain to knit and I ended up doing it twice! But now I find that the hat sits strangely on my head. It doesn't fully cover my ears, even though it's long enough. I think the inner lining may be the problem, either that or I have too much hair. Any ideas what I could do to solve this problem? It's very cold here and my ears need covering!

10 comments:

Kate said...

*comes crawling out from under a giant pile of moving boxes just to post this comment*
I love the socks and the color of the Manos.
I really need to get around to starting my Clapotis.

Heather G. said...

Maybe it is the ribbing on the lining conflicting with the ribbing on the outside?

Very pretty, though. And I lurrrve that Koigu!

Adriana said...

Kate - Clapotis is a super fun knit. You should totally make one but wait until after you've unpacked :)

Heather - I reverse the ribbing so it shouldn't be a problem. I really don't know what's causing it.

Heather G. said...

I know you reversed the ribbing... I have this feeling that the two ribs when you place them together would cancel out each other's ribbiness. Like matter and anti-matter. Or pasta and anti-pasta ;)

Seriously, though, if the purl columns want to draw together but have a another knit column in the way, would the ribbing have the desired effect?

Azura said...

Wow! The hat and clap combo looks great! And I love those socks!

spillyjane said...

nice socks...i have yet to try them toe-up myself.

Samantha said...

*sniff* I'm lovely! :)

Great looking socks there. I am working on my Celtic socks and I have started and ripped out a hat. I can't seem to get the hat mojo going. I am sorry if my bad hat-luck is rubbing off!

Claudia said...

What beautiful socks! You're right, that pattern really shows off the colors in the Koigu. I always look longingly at that yarn in the shop...

Rachel said...

You could try knitting the lining in plain stockinette with smaller needles -- that might make it lie flatter.

Adriana said...

I'm testing this new commenty thingy!